During the last few weeks of pregnancy you should
build on the preceding months of healthy eating so
that you are prepared for the rigors of labor. Vitamin
K is needed for blood clotting prevent hemorrhaging
and help to heal the placental site. It is derived
naturally from the mother's gut and supplemented from
foods such as broccoli, beans, spinach, avocado, cabbage,
cauliflower, lettuce. An infant depends on its mother
for vitamin K, before birth via the placenta and after
birth through breast milk. (babies may be given vitamin
K orally at birth). Zinc is another important mineral
required for hormone production and healing after
To maintain energy you need to keep your blood sugar
level constant by eating complex carbohydrates, which
break down gradually and release sugar content slowly.
Eat lots of vegetables, grains and pulses to stock
up on complex carbohydrates during the two weeks before
birth. Additionally, enzymes are needed; these are
dependant on vitamins and minerals. Enzyme deficiency
will prevent you from maximizing your energy potential.
To convert glucose into energy you need:
B vitamins (B1, B2, B4, B6, B12).
Sources: meat, poultry, milk, eggs, vegetables, pulses,
nuts, wholegrains. B vitamins include folate.
Sources: broccoli, spinach, wheatgerm, seeds, nuts
Sources: citrus fruits, blackcurrants, tomatoes, broccoli
Sources: prunes, nuts, pumpkin seeds, apricots
Sources: eggs, fish, Soya beans, wholegrains, nuts,
Calcium & Magnesium
Sources: cheese, milk, beans, nuts, raisins
Sources: potatoes, wholemeal bread, eggs, chicken
Sources: meat, fish, eggs, Soya beans, spinach, broccoli,